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About Lucky B’s | Around the Corner

Lucky B’s was founded in 2005 by co-owners Bates Battaglia and Mike Lombardo. Bates and Mike met when Bates was brought to North Carolina to play in Greensboro for the Hurricanes. Their friendship led to the idea behind Lucky B’s | Around the Corner and the rest is history!

About Bates & Mike

Bates, a 1997 Lake Superior State University hockey team alumni, is an American professional ice hockey left-winger, who made his NHL debut with the Carolina Hurricanes during their inaugural season. Establishing himself as a NHL regular with the Hurricanes, one of Bates’ most successful roles during his career as a Hurricane was in serving as a third of the BBC line (Brind’Amour, Battaglia, Cole) during the team’s 2001–2002 Stanley Cup run. After the ‘Canes, Bates played with the Colorado Avalanche, Washington Capitals, Toronto Maple Leaves, and the 2004 World Cup team (earning a Bronze medal in Prague in 2004). To follow Bates’ professional hockey career, check out his regularly updated Wiki at

Mike, a NC State University wrestling team alumni (two time All-American), is a seasoned Downtown Raleigh entrepreneur who has owned, or partnered in, several successful business ventures in the local restaurant and bar industry. Mike was an integral part in establishing Glenwood South as a fixture in Raleigh nightlife with the founding of Rush and Aura lounges, Sauced Pizza, and other Downtown Raleigh destination. In addition to the hospitality industry, Mike also works diligently as an expert in both residential and commercial real estate brokerage in the Greater Raleigh area. For more information on Mike’s real estate business, please visit

When you visit Lucky B’s, there’s a good chance you could be having a beer or two with both Bates and Mike as both owner-operators can frequently be found hanging out just around the corner!

About the Lucky B’s Experience

Wanna watch the game? You won’t miss a second of the action on our wall mounted TV’s all around the room or catch the biggest play on our projection screen!

Our plush couches are also perfect for listening to tunes while enjoying a drink and relaxing among friends. Or try your luck on our three brand new pool tables, dart boards, and several arcade style games. Not only can you watch games here, but you can play some too!

Our outdoors is just as happening as our indoors! We have a huge deck for our patrons to enjoy good drinks, good company, and beautiful weather. Even when the weather is isn’t so beautiful we offer a covered and HEATED seating area with its own bar! During the summer months be sure to join is for some great entertainment of all kinds on our patio deck!